PNWJETAA Elections 2013

With our truly awesome 2012 owari-ed, we’re looking forward to 2013 and a new Steering Council! Are you interested in getting more involved with PNWJETAA and the Japanese and Japanese-American communities? We’ll be supporting future and returning JETs, meeting new and old friends-of-JET, and further developing your professional network!

(and also, we’re awesome)

Elections will be at our 2013 Annual Meeting and Shinnenkai on February 2nd, at Nagomi Tea House.  The positions are for the 2013-2014 term, that runs from February to February.

The steering council is the core group, with an Executive Board comprised of: President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and the following committees: Social, Transitions (Career Day), Media Relations, Newsletter, Community Outreach, Membership, and Research and Development.

All members of the steering council attend monthly meetings, work together, and help out with larger events as needed. If you have any ideas for new committees, like outdoor activities or different clubs, please don’t hesitate to give us a shout; we’re always looking to expand our list of different events!

If you’re interested in any of the above positions, please email a brief (very brief!) platform to by Friday, February 1st.

You will be introducing yourself to the PNWJETAA communityat at the Annual Meeting and Shinnenkai, so if you cannot attend, please let us know in advance.

Questions? Want to know more about the responsibilities and awesomeness? Email us at


Executive Officer Positions

Overall leadership and direction of PNWJETAA; plan and attend chapter meetings; represent the chapter at public events; all communications with National and International organizations; attend annual National Conference and regional conferences; represent PNWJETAA at public and private functions as needed.

Vice President
Support role for President and other chapter members in leadership; guidance and execution of events; remain current on chapter initiatives and projects; represent the chapter at public events; maintain membership database; facilitate President’s role when President is absent.

Treasurer (two-year commitment)
Plan and execute annual operating budget requests from both CLAIR (Council of Local Authorities for International Relations) and MoFA (Ministry of Foreign Affairs); reconcile receipts from chapter activities; submit budget reports as required; represent the chapter at public events; attend annual National Conference and regional conferences. Must be meticulous and good with deadlines.

Attend and note chapter meetings; respond to report requests including annual Internal and National Chapter updates; work closely with Media Relations, Social Coordinator and Community Outreach to provide public relations support in chapter communications and web support; represent the chapter at public events; advocate proper archival of PNWJETAA information at all levels.

Committee Positions
We also have the following committees. These positions are great for multiple people to share and work on together, and a good way to get involved if you’re new to the area!

Social Committee
Facilitate and attend social activities throughout the year such as cultural events, networking happy hours or dinners, etc.; location scouting; mailing list communications; RSVP coordination, web content contribution. Great for locals who know the area, and transplants who want to explore their new cities! We’re especially interested if you’d like to support the North End, Eastside or South Sound; PNWJETAA is very Seattle-centric and we’re always looking for genki people who would like to support mini-PNWJETAA groups in cities that are further out!

Transitions (Career Day) Committee
Coordinate the overall planning and execution of our annual career day event in October including but not necessarily limited to: venue, guest speakers, menus, seating arrangements, panel participants, and job fair participants. If you have a strong desire to help returning JETs, join this team!

Media Relations Committee
Manage content on the PNWJETAA website and oversee all web-based communication with the membership and the community at large, act as the voice for PNWJETAA with media and external contacts, coordinate communications with Social Coordinator and Community Outreach Coordinators.

Community Outreach Committee
Coordinate overall planning and execution of two annual community projects for chapter, work with others to promote chapter; keep chapter informed of relevant community groups or events; develop relationships with local Japan-related community groups.

Membership Committee
In charge of membership drives, member outreach, retention strategies, new returnee welcome back events, and working with others to promote chapter. Also responsible for vetting membership requests for the website, Yahoo group, and other sites as necessary.

Newsletter Committee
Compile annual newsletter, coordinate newsletter production, actively contribute articles to both newsletter and web page, and solicit material from JETAA members, officers and current JET participants. Writers and editors wanted!

Research & Development Committee
Explore new projects, events or technology for JETAA. May also include researching and reaching out to local organizations for future collaborations. The sky’s the limit here.

While all the above looks uber-serious, our number one focus is to have fun, be awesome (SENSE MY THEME?), and to support past, present, and future JETs in the Pacific Northwest. Genkiness is just as important as experience and if you’re excited about PNWJETAA, join us in making it even better!

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